We are passionate about prayer. It keeps us close to God and in step with His plan and purpose for His church. In every meeting, at every event, in every circumstance, we pray.
"Pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people." [Ephesians 6:18]
We have a team of people who help us to pray and lead many of the activities below. Prayer is not just for the 'super-spiritual' or the staff team, but all of God's people as our spiritual breath.
There are a number of ways through which we express our love for prayer:
Each Sunday we gather to pray 45 minutes before both services to surrender the services and ourselves to God and ask the Holy Spirit to come and move among us. We also devote parts of our services to intercession and prayer ministry.
All the St James midweek groups commit to modelling prayer throughout their meetings and ministry. Our hope is that individuals are enriched in their prayer lives while serving their unique God-given purpose and calling on their life.
Twice a week we gather to pray online together: once in the morning, once in the evening. Details coming soon!
Each month we gather for reflective prayer: a chance to pray from different traditions and styles such as Taizé prayer, Centering prayer, Lectio Divina. Details coming soon!
Each term we hold a worship and prayer evening which leads into continuous prayer through the night. Details coming soon!
Each Lent we have a weekly prayer series introducing people to different and reflective styles of prayer (similar to our monthly prayer). Previous years have been on themes such as 'Giving up' and the Upper Room narrative in John 13-17.
Each year we join in with the global prayer movement Thy Kingdom Come
. Between Ascension and Pentecost we spend 10 days praying for more people to know Jesus Christ.